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Bement approves liquor license for new business

There was a lot of discussion at Bement’s village board meeting this month, but only a few actions were taken on items at the Jan. 13 meeting.

The board voted unanimously to grant the village’s final liquor license to Kim Snyder for her new business Makin’ Pizza. Snyder said she plans on selling beer and wine with meals.


Drainage project approved for Cerro Gordo

A $240,000 drainage project was given the go-ahead by Cerro Gordo village board members at a meeting Monday, Jan. 12.


Parkland looking for new trustee

The Parkland College Board of Trustees, District 505, is accepting applications to fill a current vacancy on the Board. This position as trustee will be for a two-year term.


Business receives permit to allow residential use

After years of use as a museum then as an art gallery, a downtown-area building in Monticello may revert back to its residential roots.

The city council on Monday also discussed the progress of a community garden, approved changes to its waste hauling ordinance, and heard a complaint from an employee who was dismissed in October.


Oil leak being addressed

FS Piatt County Service Company officials have notified Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials of a small oil spill at the Monticello facility on Friday, Jan. 16. Environmental cleanup firm Bodine Services was hired and most of the issue was resolved within 24 hours, according to FS General Manager John Morrell.


Bement staff training on Chromebooks

Staff in the Bement school district will be learning the ins and outs of Chromebooks during five training sessions this semester. A total of 37 Lenovo ThinkPads were purchased – one per teacher – so that staff can get used to them before they are implemented with students as part of the district 1:1 initiative.


Speed limit dropping on most Mansfield streets

Motorists in Mansfield should be prepared to slow down. The village board earlier this month opted to lower its speed limit to 20 mph on many local streets. The exceptions are U.S. 150 through town, Washington Street between U.S.


Book Club signup deadline is Jan. 29

The Piatt County 4-H Book Club, in partnership with the Allerton Public Library will meet weekly at Washington Elementary School, 3 Sage Drive in Monticello beginning Thursday, Feb. 5. Meetings will be from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday through March 19. Reading materials will be provided.


New Gaitros RLA proposal approved by ZBA

The on again, off again airstrip proposal for rural property north of Cerro Gordo is apparently on again. After getting approval Thursday (Jan.


Bonding moves to result in savings for Monticello schools

The Monticello school board is leaning toward a bond restructuring plan that will not only net a lower interest rate the district pays on $4.75 million of its debt, but take advantage of a little-used technique of buying its own bonds with school district fund reserves.


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